Wordless Wednesday – Fabulous ‘Mutabilis’ – China Rose

Note: This blooms of this wonderful rose change color as they age. Each bloom shown here was taken from the same bush on the same day. The color variations are marvelous. 


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11 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Fabulous ‘Mutabilis’ – China Rose

  1. So much for one bush! And, the foliage is beautiful too.


    • It is indeed once amazing rose. The color change is something to see. What I did not have blooms to show were the crimson color at the end of the bloom cycle. So pretty. Mutabilis is known to grow 6ft tall and at least that wide. Can be a monster of a rose if left to its own devices…..


  2. If I could only grow a few roses, Mutabilis would be one of them! It is without a doubt one of my very favorites. Mine struggles, suffering considerable winter die-back each year, but it grows and fills out every summer and blooms beautifully.


  3. enchantedhue says:

    This is one stunning rose bush! I wonder if it would grow in Massachusetts…


  4. Meg says:

    Very lovely flowers, and lovely photos!


  5. Lona says:

    How terrific Chris. That is like getting four roses in one. Lovely.


  6. OneMommy says:

    Wow! So beautiful! I don’t think I”ve ever heard of that one! Love that it has such variation of color!


  7. Are they old roses Chris? they are so beautiful and simple.


  8. Lynn says:

    Is this the rose that’s referred to as a butterfly rose? Love the orange color.


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